NSCS: Sprint All-Star Race/ Sprint Showdown preview—Charlotte

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Information: 

 Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway—Concord, NC

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Distance: All-Star Race/ 100 laps (Four 20 lap segments, then a final 10 laps) —Sprint Showdown/ 40 laps (Two 20 lap segments)

Broadcast: TV/ SPEED at 7 p.m. ET time

Radio: Performance Racing Network, Sirius XM Channel 90

Notes and Analysis: 

For the 28th time, the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will do battle in “all or nothing” style race; The NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.

With no points on the line, drivers are competing for $1 million in this star-studded event at the Charlotte Motor Speeday.

Although this will be the 28th time this event has been run, with the new format changes it might as well be the inaugural edition of the event on Saturday night.

Saturday’s format will be the eleventh different style the race has been under since it’s inception in 1985. Consisting of four 20 lap segments and then a final 10 lap dash to the finish following a race-deciding pit stop, drivers and teams will leave it all on the line to bring home the big prize.

This year more than ever has a emphasis placed on winning early in the event. Winners from the first four segments will start in the first four positions for the final 10 lap dash to the finish.

Just as they are every week, pit stops could also make or break a team’s night. The positions following the winners of the previous segments will be determined after a mandatory pit stop following the fourth and final 20 lap segment.

Having qualifying for the All-Star being determined by three laps around the 1.5 mile speedway including a four-tire pit stop, crews can play a pivotal role in getting their driver’s night started up towards the front of the field.

When looking to possible winners for this event, in years past it has been nearly impossible to predict who will win before the final segment of the night.

In years past, we have seen everything from the dominant car on the night to the winner of the fan vote win the event. With that being said, trying to predict the winner of the All-Star race is a daunting task for even a fantasy racing guru.

Much like the All-Star race, the Sprint Showdown has seen numerous changes to it’s format and changes to the way drivers can advance to the All-Star race from it ever since it’s inception.

Not to mention, the Showdown provides a unique mix of drivers competing to advance. Everyone from rookies, to veterans are in this dash for a shot at the $1 million prize at the end of the night.

 Entry List for the Sprint Showdown 

  • #1 Jamie McMurray
  • #10 David Reutimann
  • #13 Casey Mears
  • #19 Mike Bliss
  • #20 Joey Logano
  • #22 A.J. Allmendinger
  • #26 Josh Wise
  • #30 David Stremme
  • #31 Jeff Burton
  • #33 Stepehn Leicht
  • #36 Tony Raines
  • #38 David Gilliland
  • #42 Juan Pablo Montoya
  • #43 Aric Almirola
  • #47 Bobby Labonte
  • #49 J.J. Yeley
  • #56 Martin Truex Jr.
  • #83 Landon Cassill
  • #87 Joe Nemechek
  • #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr
  • #93 Travis Kvapil
  • #95 Scott Speed
Entry List for the Sprint All-Star Race 
  • #2 Brad Keselowski
  • #5 Kasey Kahne
  • #9 Marcos Ambrose
  • #11 Denny Hamlin
  • #14 Tony Stewart
  • #15 Clint Bowyer
  • #16 Greg Biffle
  • #17 Matt Kenseth
  • #18 Kyle Busch
  • #21 Trevor Bayne
  • #24 Jeff Gordon
  • #27 Paul Menard
  • #29 Kevin Harvick
  • #34 David Ragan
  • #39 Ryan Newman
  • #48 Jimmie Johnson
  • #51 Kurt Busch
  • #55 Mark Martin
  • #78 Regan Smith
  • #99 Carl Edwards


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